The fact that Kyle Dubas was able to get Sheldon Keefe to sign on for another two seasons as the head coach of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies is a massive, albeit rather unheralded, win for the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.
Having compiled a 189-87-28 record (.667 point percentage) and a Calder Cup over the last four seasons at the helm of the Leafs’ AHL affiliate, there’s no doubt that Keefe could have bolted for an NHL gig if he so pleased.
“He’s one of the best up-and-coming coaches in the American Hockey League,” Marlies general manager Laurence Gilman told reporters at the teams’ locker clean out.
Typically, coaches of Keefe’s ilk don’t tread in the minors for too long after they accomplish so much at that level. But in Keefe’s case, there’s plenty of reason to stay put – such as his relationship with Dubas, the resources that the Marlies have and the fact that the 37-year-old doesn’t have to uproot his young family from the Toronto-area just yet – and it doesn’t hurt that his salary is reportedly one of the highest in AHL history.
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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation